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Page Title: Getting to Aspen, Colorado
Page Synopsis: Getting to Aspen, Colorado: By plane and car.

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Getting to Aspen, Colorado

Aspen/Snowmass is not just an easy exit off of some interstate highway. It may be a little harder to get to than some resorts, but it's worth it because once you're here you'll experience a true sense of getting away from it all, because we provide a magical experience of fun and excitement on and off the hill like no one else.

Travelers to Aspen/Snowmass have a myriad of options to the gateway of the perfect getaway vacation. Nestled in a remote valley, Aspen/Snowmass is one of the most accessible Rocky Mountain resorts via air. With nearly 150 nonstop and connecting flights weekly into Aspen/Snowmass, you can start from either coast and be here in half a day, give or take.

By Car

From Denver, Aspen is 220 miles or approximately 3-1/2 hours via I-70 West to Glenwood Springs. Aspen is due east on Highway 82.

Another scenic route from Denver is I-70 West to 91 South through Leadville to 24 South, then west onto Highway 82 over Independence Pass. (The pass is open only during warm-weather months.)

From Grand Junction, Aspen is an easy 2-1/2 hour drive east on I-70 connecting with Highway 82 in Glenwood Springs.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is expanding State Highway 82 between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. For information on construction and Web cameras, please visit For statewide road and weather conditions, chain laws and other construction information, please call the CDOT hotline at 877-353-ROAD or visit

By Plane

There is service into Sardy Field, Aspen, located three miles from downtown. Aspen is a half-hour flight from Denver International Airport via United Express, which offers at least 10 daily flights during the winter and summer months. United Express also offers daily nonstop jet service from Los Angeles and now San Francisco during the winter, as well. Northwest Airlines flies nonstop twice daily between Aspen and Minneapolis/St. Paul and once daily from Memphis in addition to extra weekend sections during the winter months. America West Express offers year-round nonstop service between Phoenix and Aspen. For more information, call 970-920-5380 or visit

There is also service into Eagle County Regional Airport, located 70 miles from Aspen. American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, and United Express fly nonstop from 11 U.S. cities into Eagle.

Other Airports near Aspen & Snowmass Village:

Grand Junction's Walker Field (GJT)
Grand Junction's Walker Field is 125 miles from Aspen and Snowmass Village. Sky West -- The Delta Connection, America West Express/Mesa Airlines, and United Express offer alternatives to flying direct to Aspen/Sardy Field. Weekend charters from California, Florida and Texas are available.

Denver International Airport (DEN)
Located 220 miles from Aspen and Snowmass Village, DIA offers more than 400 daily flights into Denver from over 80 cities on 14 airlines, plus daily nonstop service from London/Gatwick on British Airways, Mexico City on Mexicana, and daily nonstop service from Frankfurt on Lufthansa.

Colorado Springs Airport (COS)
Located 270 miles from Aspen and Snowmass Village, Colorado Springs Airport is a workable option during the summer months. From mid-June through October, the drive from COS to Aspen/Snowmass is breathtaking via Colorado's most scenic drive -- Independence Pass. COS offers up to 70 daily flights from 25 cities on 10 different airlines. Remember, Independence Pass is closed during the winter season.

Getting Around Aspen

Hotels, shops and restaurants are within comfortable walking distance, and taxis, limos, and hotel courtesy vans provide service to and from the airport and around town. The Roaring Fork Transit Agency (RFTA) provides extensive bus service between Aspen and Snowmass, extending to other Roaring Fork Valley communities, including Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.

If you do bring a car, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with Aspen’s pay-and-display parking system. For more information contact the City of Aspen Transportation and Parking Department at 970-920-5267 or visit

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